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Featured Font : Pretty Script

Today’s font friday is another pretty calligraphy-based script that I picked up earlier this week, aptly named ‘Pretty Script‘.  The font was created by Gilang Purnama of Decade Type Foundry (you can see some more of his awesome work here).

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From the author: “Pretty Script is hand lettered font. It is an elegant, yet whimsically handwritten calligraphy font that was created with readability in mind. It uses open-type features to assist with letter flow and to give each creation that modern and hand-lettered touch.”

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The font includes more than 500 characters, with lots of stylistic alternates to choose from to create a truly hand-written look. Also included are fun swashes to give your headings a little something extra.  You can purchase the font here at 50% off for a limited time.  Regularly $30, currently $15!

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As you may have assumed I have a thing for fonts. They come in all shapes and sizes with elaborate swashes and elegant details. The right font can easily make or break a design. Every Friday, I’ll share some of my favorites and recent purchases here, hoping to inspire a typography addiction in everyone.

I try to keep my font sheet updated with recent purchases, but if you see a font you love on here and would like to incorporate it into your designs just let me know!

 

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I’ve been surrounded by talk of copycats lately – designs that are too ‘inspired-by’ and designers that didn’t even bother to change the names used in the original design.

One member of a Facebook group I belong to explained that she was a relatively new designer, and asked for sources & suppliers to help her make invitations for her client who really liked a specific invitation from another designer but (I suspect) didn’t want to pay the price the designer was asking.  The chosen invitations were gorgeous and very unique.  I (along with a number of others) suggested that if her client likes these specific invitations she should give the original designer the credit she deserves and order directly from her.  The young designer noted her agreement with the suggestion but added that it was what her client was looking for and that “as Designers, we don’t have to agree, we just have to serve the client”.  I could not disagree with this statement more.  As Professionals it is as much our job to educate the client as it is to simply serve them.  Often this involves telling clients that no, I cannot recreate XYZ design for them and that to do so would violate the copyright of the original designer.

I’m not suggesting I’m the perfect model of integrity – like many young designers I created a design or two that were much too inspired at the start of my business.  Although embarrassed, I’m also grateful for the experience and I hardly think I’m alone in that error.  It is something I see often with younger designers, and most (like I) were unknowing of the offense and choose to learn & grow from the situation.  I have no issues with these single-time offenders, they are often ashamed and remove the offending design immediately, with a resolve to create original work in the future.   Not everyone, however, is so honest.  When I see ‘designers’ who continue to recreate the work of others in an attempt to pass it off as their own, knowing full well that what they are doing is wrong and unethical, I get incredibly saddened by their dishonesty.

The design world, especially a niche like invitation design, is much smaller than you can imagine and there are eyes everywhere.  Yes, the original creator might not happen across your ‘inspired’ design, but chances are good that one of their 200 designer friends will.  So lets all agree to create new ideas and to be a voice, not an echo.

If you’d like a 5×7 copy of the print shown above you can download it here for free.

FONT FRIDAY

Featured Font : Manhattan Darling

I have been loving the look of brush calligraphy lately (but am way to chicken to try to attempt it myself) so I was thrilled to find this great option to play around with!  The font was created by Callie Hegstrom of Make Media Co. (you can see some more of her gorgeous work here).

From the author: “Manhattan Darling Typeface was created as a dual-purpose font, with gritty, imperfect, hand-painted characters and an irregular baseline. [You can] use the uppercase portion (Manhattan) to create a bold, organic hand-painted typography, or use the lowercase portion (Darling) for beautiful branding, logo designs, invitations, wedding elements, etc. (see business card preview below).”

Still not convinced you NEED this font?  Well, it’s ON SALE for only $12 right now AND comes with a bonus set of vectors! The extended license is another $40, but you get quite a bit for the money in my opinion – just look at the fun end characters she has included below –

As you may have assumed I have a thing for fonts. They come in all shapes and sizes with elaborate swashes and elegant details. The right font can easily make or break a design. Every Friday, I’ll share some of my favorites and recent purchases here, hoping to inspire a typography addiction in everyone.

I try to keep my font sheet updated with recent purchases, but if you see a font you love on here and would like to incorporate it into your designs just let me know!

 

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Featured Font : Selfie

Selfie is currently one of the best-selling fonts on My Fonts and for good reason!  It is a lovely (and refreshing) connected sans-serif font based off of simple geometries rather than the thick & thin contrast of so many popular calligraphic fonts today.  The font works well on angles (specifically 24.7 degrees, where the slanted strokes become perfect verticals) as well as in a traditional horizontal approach.

The designer notes that the inspiration for the font came from “vintage signage scripts seen in Galerías of Buenos Aires. These places are, in general, very small shopping centres which pedestrians sometimes use as shortcuts to get to other parts of the city.  Their dark corridors take you back in time, and all of a sudden you are surrounded by cassettes, piercings, and old fashioned cloth.”

 

 

 

 

Selfie was created by Argentinian designer Maximiliano Sproviero of Lián Types, who also created such lovelies as Parfait, Breathe & Reina and no doubt will be a well-constructed font with lots of open-type features.

 

As you may have assumed I have a thing for fonts. They come in all shapes and sizes with elaborate swashes and elegant details. The right font can easily make or break a design. Every Friday, I’ll share some of my favorites and recent purchases here, hoping to inspire a typography addiction in everyone.

I try to keep my font sheet updated with recent purchases, but if you see a font you love on here and would like to incorporate it into your designs just let me know!

 

Holiday card season is almost upon us, and I want to make sure your holiday cards stand out from the crowd!

I have a few awesome promotions lined up, starting with the chance to win 2 free wooden address stamps.  Use one for your own holiday cards and give one as a gift, keep them both, give them both – it’s up to you!  Winners can choose any style address stamp from my Etsy Shop, either with or without handles.

giveaway entry rules – instagram contest

Starts: NOW
Ends: Sunday, November 2nd, 11:59 PM EST

to enter…
(1) Follow @chelseyemery on Instagram
(2) Share the giveaway on Instagram (photo above) with the tags @chelseyemery and#cestamps
(3) Leave a comment on the official Instagram giveaway post (in my feed) stating that you entered

A winner will be chosen with a random number generator, so it’s really important to follow Step 3.  Winner to be announced the following Monday (11/3).

*Giveaway is open to US residents only.